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Revenue Recognition
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What is Revenue Recognition?

Revenue recognition in the construction industry is a principle that determines when a company earned revenue is considered. It's not as simple as recognizing revenue when cash exchanges hands. Rather, it's a method used to determine the precise point when contractually stipulated work has been completed for which payment can be recognized. Often, this involves matching invoices to the percent of completed work on a given project. Stage of completion or percentage-of-completion method is utilized, allowing them to record revenue progressively as the project progresses. It's a critical aspect of financial reporting, ensuring revenues, and profit margin correctly reflect the company's current operations. This principle is guided by GAAP and IFRS standards.